Iran: Condemnation of Death Sentence against Peaceful Blogger
STOCKHOLM - The Skyline International Foundation condemns today the death sentence issued against the famous blogger, " Ruhollah Zam," by a revolutionary court in the Islamic Republic of Iran for his peaceful anti-regime activities.
The Stockholm-based International Foundation calls on canceling the death sentence of blogger "Zam" and drop the charges against him. The charges include using his website for spreading propaganda against the Iranian regime and fueling anti-government protests.
Rohullah Zam, 42, a well-known activist and journalist in Iran, immigrated to France after the 2009 protests. Zam gained widespread notoriety after creating a Telegram channel called AmadNews in which he was reporting events of anti-government protests in Iran two years ago.
In October 2019, media outlets reported that Zam had been arrested by Iraqi authorities at Baghdad Airport and handed over to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard during his visit to Iraq.
Skyline states that the death sentence imposed on blogger Zam is one of a long series of violations committed by the Iranian authorities against journalists and the freedom of media.
The Iranian authorities have previously arrested the journalists Masoud Heydari and Hamid Haghjoo, on April 21 due to their cartoons criticizing the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. On the 20th of the same month, an Iranian court issued a 5-year prison sentence to the well-known journalist in the country, Kayvan Samimi Behbahani.
Skyline affirms that the Iranian authorities must stop pursuing and imprisoning journalists because of their media work and fulfill their international obligations regarding freedom of expression.
In this context, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly affirms the right to freedom of expression. It may, therefore, be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary.
Skyline stresses that Iran must strengthen mechanisms that guarantee freedom of expression and freedom of information by international standards in this field. It must also enforce legislation promoting freedom of the press and access to information. Moreover, journalists and other media personnel must not be subject to any unlawful or arbitrary restrictions when they seek, receive, and impart ideas and information.